Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is considered to be at the milder, high functioning end of the autism spectrum. As with other autism spectrum disorders, children with Asperger’s face problems with social skills and communication but they typically function better and generally have normal intelligence and near-normal language development. The symptoms and severity of Asperger's syndrome vary widely in individuals but can include difficulty interacting with others, trouble making friends, repetitive behaviors, preoccupation with certain rituals or narrow subjects, a limited range of interests, clumsiness or coordination problems. While there is no cure for Asperger’s syndrome, behavioral therapy is often a critical part of the treatment plan and can help the child develop social and language skills. Parents and siblings of children suffering from Asperger’s can also benefit from therapy to help them develop healthy and supportive ways of coping.

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Laney Kibel

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


My work with people diagnosed as being on the Asperger's spectrum is to be both therapist and coach. Healing from a lifetime of feeling different and learning ways to be more effective in social and emotional situations.

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Caitlin "Caity" Lynch (She/Her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate


If you're Autistic or questioning if you're on the spectrum, welcome. If you're entering into therapy as an individual or in couples/relationship therapy, you probably want someone who will listen to you, understand you, and treat you as the valuable, creative, and capable person you are. Unfortunately, many Autistic people feel the need to hide or "mask" traits that are not the norm (neurotypical), even in therapy! I provide a space that is accepting, mask-free, and neurodivergence-affirming.

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Alicia Pasik (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Aspergers is no longer listed in the DSM, however, there are many folks who still self-identify with the diagnosis. I have extensive experience supporting this population in my work history at the crisis center, as well as a case manager and job coach for adults with disabilities.

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Emily Haygeman (they/them/she/her)

Clinical Psychologist


I have over 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and young adults with Aspergers Disorder. I conducted Autism research at the University of Utah's Autism Research Program. I have led myriad social skills groups for children and adolescents, including the PEERS curriculum. I currently offer autism evaluations for children, teens, and adults, and plan to start neurodivergent empowerment groups in 2023.

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Art Chaklader (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Learning to live and thrive in a social world can be daunting. If you identify on the Aspergers spectrum, it can be completely overwhelming and unfair. This is the place where we use the scientific model to challenge your fears, understand yourself and limits, and ultimately find ways to reach your goals. Join me for a free consult to explore what we can accomplish working together.

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Christine Bethel (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist


I've met an increasing number of adults who have been struggling in their relationships or in other areas of their lives due to undiagnosed Asperger's. If you suspect this is you and would like some help to navigate areas of your life more successfully please give me a call. My Aspie clients have been some of the most delightful, intelligent, and quickest learners I have ever met.

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James Reling (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Well, we don't use the term "Aspergers" anymore, but there is no option for autism or neurodiversity. I work with neurodivergent clients from an affirming lens. Being autistic is not the problem; the problem is we live in an ableist culture that centers neurotypical experience. So I focus on understanding my neurodivergent clients' experiences, working with their strengths, and helping them with changes they wish to address, rather than what society deems as "appropriate" or "normal."

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